Protective Mouth Guards
Customized Athletic Mouth Guards Can Prevent Oral Damage
If you play contact sports of any kind, a mouth guard is just as an important as the shoes you wear and should be considered an essential part of your equipment gear. Wearing mouth guards during contact sports, such as football, hockey, lacrosse, wrestling, basketball, and baseball can protect your oral health.
Mouth guards are able to prevent oral and structural damage to your teeth and jaws, as well as prevent lacerations from occurring to your tongue, cheeks, and lips. Research has also proven that mouth guards can help reduce the risk of concussions. Dr. Joseph Haack can provide you with a customized, protective mouth guard that will comfortably fit over your teeth and gums.
If you’d like to learn more about customized mouth guards, call our Alexandria, MN dental office today at 320-763-7484 to schedule a consultation with Dr. Haack.
Why a Customized Mouth Guard is Important
Although available at your local sporting goods store, you should be careful when purchasing a mouth guard. Over the counter mouth guards cannot ensure quality, effectiveness, and the best level of protection. Because they are designed to fit the general market, they tend to be uncomfortable, ill fitting, and athletes have a difficult time breathing and speaking while wearing them.
For the highest level of comfort and protection, Dr. Haack can provide you with a custom mouth guard, created specifically for the optimal protection of your mouth. Made with thin, hardened plastic, it will allow for easy communication and breathing.
How Will the Mouth Guard Be Designed?
The first step to having your customized mouth guard designed is meeting with Dr. Haack for a fitting. During your examination, Dr. Haack will perform digital x-rays and screenings of your teeth, gums, and jawbone, checking for any inconsistencies or issues. If any issues are found, he can address them at this time or at a later appointment.
For adolescent patients with growing teeth and jaws, he will take into account any erupting teeth, spaces, or orthodontics so your mouth guard can be made to fit your unique needs.
Next, Dr. Haack will take impressions of your mouth. These impressions with your exact mouth measurements will be sent to a state-of-the-art lab where professional lab technicians will design your customized mouthpiece.
Using durable, tear-resistant materials, your mouth guard will be fabricated for:
- A comfortable, protective fit
- Easy cleaning
- Nonrestrictive breathing
- Easy communication
- Optimal thickness
In most cases, your mouth guard will arrive in about one to two weeks.
Caring for Your Device
Because mouth guards are porous (like a sponge), microorganisms can easily invade pores and cause bacteria overgrowth. Caring for your mouth guard is much like caring for your teeth or any other dental appliance, such as a retainer. Below are a few steps to take to ensure the longevity of your mouth guard:
- Brush your teeth before and after each use.
- Clean the mouth guard after each use with cold water and toothpaste, mouthwash, or cold, soapy water (do not use hot water).
- Transport your mouth guard in the container it arrives in.
- Do not leave it exposed in the sun or elements.
- Contact your dentist if you notice any wear and tear.
Ideally, mouth guards should be replaced every six months for adolescent patients with teeth and jaws still growing. Although made of sturdy materials, they do have a tendency to become ineffective over time, especially for athletes who play a number of sports throughout the year.
Call Us Today
Call Dr. Haack’s office today to schedule a consultation. A custom-made mouth guard can protect your teeth and ensure that you maintain the highest level of performance on the field, court, or rink.